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Wellington’s Consumer Confidence Takes a Deep Dive, Reflects Widespread Pessimism

Consumer sentiment in Wellington plummets, marking the region’s most pessimistic outlook amidst broader economic concerns.

Consumer confidence in the Wellington region has significantly declined, according to the latest ANZ-Roy Morgan monthly index, dropping 4 points to 82.1 in April. This dip reflects a prevailing pessimism reminiscent of the 2008 Global Financial Crisis, although it remains slightly above recent pandemic lows.

In April, the ANZ-Roy Morgan monthly consumer confidence index saw a notable decrease, with Wellington experiencing the most significant downturn. The index fell by 4 points to 82.1, a figure approaching levels observed during the 2008 financial crisis. However, it marginally exceeds recent pandemic lows, indicating a lingering but fragile optimism.

Consumer optimism, gauged by the index, typically registers above 100; however, the recent drop signifies a shift towards pessimism among Wellington residents. Inflation expectations saw a slight reduction from 4.5 percent in March to 4.4 percent in April. Conversely, expectations for house price inflation rose marginally from 3.4 percent to 3.5 percent.

Furthermore, consumer sentiment regarding purchasing decisions reflects a somber outlook. The percentage of individuals considering it a bad time to buy appliances increased to 28 percent in April, up from 24 percent in March. Additionally, optimism about future financial prospects dwindled significantly, with only 5 percent expecting improvement compared to 19 percent in the previous month.

ANZ senior economist Miles Workman highlighted the influence of Wellington’s reliance on the central government, attributing the region’s weakening signals to this connection. He noted a decline in relative optimism since early 2022, suggesting a realization that sustained fiscal expansion was untenable. Workman emphasized the importance of monitoring data trends as the public sector’s share of the economy contracts in the future.

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